Photo of the Day: Monte Carlo Casino


A must-see while you are in Monte Carlo.

One Day in Cannes, France

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Cannes is a city located in the French Riviera and is a short train ride away from Nice.  The city is well-known for being the host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, which previews new films and documentaries from around the world.  Cannes also attracts thousands of tourists every year who come for its famous beaches, seafront hotels and exclusive designer boutiques.

Start your visit to Cannes by strolling down the popular La Croisette; a seafront prominade where some of the most famous hotels in the French Riviera are located.  This is also an ideal place to sit down at a café and people-watch.  At the end of La Croisette, you will find the Palais des Festivals, which is where the Cannes Film Festival takes place every year.

If your plan is to relax at one of the private beaches, be sure to make a reservation in advance as they tend to book fairly quickly, especially during the summer months.  If not there are some free public beaches that you can visit as well.  However, keep in mind that these beaches can become very crowded if you are in Cannes during the peak summer season.

At night, visit one of the outdoor restaurants located in the old town on the hill of Rue Le Suquet.  Le Suquet is a cobbled street located just off the main drag by the old harbor “Le Vieux Port”.  Walk up the winding streets up the hill while admiring the great views of the bay.

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Photo of the Day: Nice

Nice_FrancePicture taken in Nice, France.  For a full day itinerary for visiting Nice, click here.

Photo of the Day: Notre-Dame de Reims

Notre_Dame_de_ReimsPicture taken inside Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims), a Roman Catholic cathedral and major tourist attraction in the Champagne region.  Located in Reims, France.

Photo of the Day: Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

Louvre_ParisPicture of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch in Paris, France.

Photo of the Day: Cannes


Picture of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes.  This is where the famous Cannes Film Festival takes place.

One Week in Paris – Suggested Itinerary, Day 2


Inside of luxurious shopping center – Galerie Lafayette

The Grand Boulevards

No trip to Paris will be complete without doing some serious shopping.  The Grand Boulevards are where all the major department stores (grand magasins) are located in Paris, including Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps.  Paris opera house, Opéra Garnier, is also located in The Grand Boulevards.

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Photo of the Day: Eiffel Tower, Paris


Picture of the Eiffel Tower at night.

Èze, France

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Looking for other fantastic places to visit in the French Riviera after you’ve seen Nice?  Then I recommend visiting the small town of Eze.  Eze is a hill top village located about 20 minutes (by car) away from Nice and the drive offers spectacular views of other neighboring cities and of course the French Riviera.  Upon arrival at Eze, you can visit the famous perfumery of Fragonard.  Fragonard offers free guided tours where you will learn more about their perfumes, soaps and cosmetics.  At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to buy their products at factory prices.  Continue your tour of the village by having lunch at the famous Château Eza, which is a bit pricey but it offers incredible panoramic views.  It is simply a must and worth the climb.

Continue your journey by driving to Monaco or if you feel adventurous, you can even visit Italy.

A Good Travel Book To Read Before Going to France

My recommendation when traveling to France is Fodor’s France 2013.
Fodor's 2013 France

Fodor’s France 2013

Fodor’s is usually my go to publisher for travel books. This particular guide offers great maps, photos and amazing descriptions. It also includes recommendations on hotels and restaurants (make sure to check online before you go to verify that they are still open, as there might be a gap between when they published the book and the time you are going).